Tuesday, October 8, 2013

computer hackers can take control of cameras

Prof. Justin Cappos- Al Jazeera America 9-28-13 from NYU-Poly on Vimeo.

Al Jazeera America
Prof. Justin Cappos Professor Justin Cappos explains how computer hackers can take control of cameras on laptops and the steps anyone can take to prevent from being exploited in this video.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Apple Employee Admits iPhone Fingerprint Scan Information Will Be Shared With The NSA


Apple Employee Admits iPhone Fingerprint Scan Information Will Be Shared With The NSA

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Since the release of the new iPhone 5S, Apple Inc. has been maintaining their stance that the 5S’s fingerprint scanner will not be shared with law enforcement agencies.
Yet many (including myself) have had real doubts about this right from the get go. For me, it has been the fact that the NSA, CIA, RCMP, etc. have been accessing peoples smart phones for some time already. With the ability to remotely turn on the microphone, camera’s, GPS history, and access any other information on the phone that they see fit. So why would the fingerprint stored on the phone be any different? it wouldn’t be.
nationalreport.net has now reported that:
“Absolutely the databases will be merged. This whole ‘fingerprint scan’ idea originated from someone in our Government. They just didn’t expect to be outed by Snowden, you know.” Said Tim Richardson, District Manager of Apple’s North America Marketing Department. He went onto explain that the NSA and FBI have been compiling a special database for over a year now to use with the new Apple technology. Fingerprints from all over the nation. Cold cases. Fugitives of the law. Missing persons.
The Apple iPhone 5s has back-up power so the device never completely shuts down. Coupled with the phone’s built-in GPS these features will allow police officers to pin-point the criminal so they can be detained quickly and efficiently. Officials expect to apprehend hundreds of suspects within the first months or so of the act.
When asked for a response to individual’s concerns about privacy Mr. Richardson told us:
“Frankly, if a person is foolish enough to allow something as specific and criminally implicit as their fingerprints to be cataloged by faceless corporations and Government officials… Well, you can’t exactly blame us for capitalizing upon it, can you? Personally, I believe this effort will support a greater good. Some of the folks they’re hoping to apprehend are quite dangerous. Besides, it’s not like this is covered in the Constitution.”
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This new revelation makes this comedy commercial made by WeAreChange and Joycamp, sadly very true.

There is only one way to defeat this kind of invasion of privacy. Opt out! Vote with your dollars and do not purchase the phones. Agencies like the NSA can only spy one you with these devices if you allow them too!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

School Shootings eMorial @ Manifest: AR

August 12, 2013
John Craig Freeman with Greg Ulmer
In association with Manifest.AR
Corcoran Gallery of Art
August 14 – September 1, 2013

Built for smart phone mobile devices and network enabled tablets,School Shooting eMorial creates a lasting monument to victims of school shootings. Simply download and launch a mobile augmented reality browser and aim the devices’ camera at the open space, just west of the U.S. Capital Building on the National Mall in Washington D.C. The browser uses geolocation software to superimpose 3D virtual objects at precise GPS coordinates, integrating the memorial into the physical location as if it existed in the real world.

This exhibition focuses on 6 projects from the larger Manifest.AR collective. Gallery 31 is the hub for the exhibition, but the show itself moves beyond the physical constraints of the gallery, into the monumental space of Washington DC, and in some cases beyond the authorial intentions of the artists – as the audience is encouraged to participate.

We hope this exhibition – with all of its idiosyncratic pitfalls and egalitarian possibilities – represents a progressive alternative to the status quo.
Read more including instructions to view the work on location on the National Mall in Washington D.C. just west of the U.S. Capital Building. Here is a link to the Installation photo stream and one for the Opening Reception.
Press: Reality Bytes, Lea Winerman, Read Washington Post Express.

I am Occupied Occupying > Lecture on the arOCCUPYWALLSTREET movement

Lecture on the arOCCUPYWALLSTREET movement
9-9-13 / Monday 4:30 - 6:30
The lecture will take place at NYU Washington Square
6th floor, seminar room of the NYU Education Building, 
35 W. Fourth St.
4:30 to 6:30-

Friday, September 6, 2013

iraq skyline

iraq skyline

Tokyo Tower, Japan

Iraq Skyline (IS) creates an augmented psychogeography experience, similar to the Situationist detournement. Using advanced augmented reality software, it is now possible to create a double wandering, between Baghdad and the viewer’s own neighborhood, anywhere in the world. The result is a double politics as well, uniting and separating viewpoints between cultures that may or may not be in geopolitical tension with each other. 

the viewer's natural surroundings

the realtime iraq skyline

augmented reality technology

iraq skyline
Visually, Iraq Skyline allows people from around the world see the Iraqi sky and sunset as it happens in real time with augmented reality; the Baghdad image becomes overlaid and embedded in the local, neighborhood image of the viewer. 

Anyone in the world can see and hear the Baghdad skyline in a full 360 degrees as it happens, using only a smartphone with an augmented reality app. The work places the viewer in two simultaneous worlds. The viewer’s local landscape - houses, trees, streets, hills – and so forth remain unaltered: but the skyline is that of Baghdad.

As the sky of Bagdad changes, smartphone viewers around the world will witness this in real time; a life feed of the 360 degree sky over Baghdad will appear above and around the user. Two different geographic and political realities are imposed in real time; the Situationist dream of wandering, perhaps everywhere simultaneously, is fulfilled.
One goal of the project would be to have everyone around the world to watch the Iraqi sunset at the same time; locally, then, different peoples would be on at their local times around the clock.

The heavily charged subject matter of the realtime Iraqi landscape will be a jarring contrast with the viewer’s everyday environment.  For most westerners the experience of a completely different culture in relation to their own will be fascinating and instructive. But of course the piece and its meaning is not limited to the west. All people from different cultures may experience the work in realtime
Project organization:

The project is organized simultaneously in New York City and Baghdad. Programming will be done in New York; hardware, webcam operations, and infrastructure will be completed in Baghdad. The webcam will be operable 24 hours a day for at least several month; we will seek further funding during this period to continue its operation, if Rhizome agrees to this. We also hope to establish webcams in other areas of geographic, political, or cultural interest around the world.

Extensions of the work: Augmented reality has the potential for incredibly powerful cross-cultural experiences. Eventually it should be possible to set up a network of webcams and viewers, all intersecting and interacting with each other, so that people might be able to see, speak, and hear each other as well, on a more intimate basis. This can only help create bridges across cultures, and as smartphones become less and less expensive, this technology will be available to increasing classes of people. Think of the Baghdad piece as a first but critical step in the development of this.

Our current team members are located in Tunisia, the United States, and Iraq; we hope to expand this database into real international participation.

The work lets the viewers have a globally unified experience.

The work draws attention to varying political realities world-wide, and the potential for networking these realities.

Project team--

Mark Skwarek
Diyar Azad Omer
Alan Sondheim
Wafa Bourkhis

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

FREE - EASY - AUGMENTED REALITY app tools for Activists - NO Programming

creatAR is the ultimate tool for today's digital activist!
FREE - NO Programing - 
Make a protest ANYWHERE -

Augmented Reality Tutorial :: Loading the Augmented Reality Creation app :: creatAR Augmented Reality Tutorial :: How to make Anything ... Anywhere :: creatAR Augmented Reality Tutorial 2 :: How to edit what you've made :: creatAR Augmented Reality Tutorial / How to upload any image with Augmented Reality!! / creatAR Augmented Reality Tutorial / How to make yourself with augmented reality!! / No Programming

creatAR makes augmented reality incredibly easy and accessible to the general public. For far too long augmented reality creation has only been accessible to people with computer graphic and programing backgrounds. The creatAR app lets users create any content of their choosing at a specific location. It’s viewable with a smartphone or tablet.. The user simply asks for something and it appears in front of them. The user can edit, animate and delete the content from a user friendly interface. creatAR places the user’s request [say a cat] at a geo specific location by triangulating the users position with three or more satellites. The cat can only be seen with smartphone or tablet at the specific location it was created. Other users all share the same world and can also see and edit the cat. Users can delete, scale, rotate, translate, animate and upload their own content anywhere with creatAR. The user’s request searches the creatAR database of 3d and 2d content which is made up of thousands of objects which are created by other users. If the request matches an object in the database it is created at the user’s location. If the user’s request does not find a match in the database the app internet searches the internet and grabs the matching content. The requested object is then created in front of the user at a specific GPS location. The object will remain at this location for all users of the app to see unless it is edited or deleted by a user. One of creatAR’s most powerful functions lets users upload their own images and models anywhere with ease. It’s as easy as attaching a file to an email. Once the file has been uploaded the user can create their content wherever they choose.


Woman Arrested for Instagramming Street Art


 Woman Arrested for Instagramming Street Art

Jennifer Pawluck (photo provided by Pawluck to Hyperallergic), and the street art photo that landed Jennifer Pawluck in hot water with Montreal police.
Jennifer Pawluck (photo provided by Pawluck to Hyperallergic), and the street art photo that landed Jennifer Pawluck in hot water with Montreal police.
20-year-old artist Jennifer Pawluck was arrested Wednesday morning at 10:30am after posting a picture of anti-police street art on her Instagram feed a few days before.
“Many of my friends do not like the police,” Pawluck told the Huffington Post Québec in French. “I thought it would be funny to put the picture on Instagram. I do not even know who he is, Ian Lafrenière.”
Pawluck took the photo in the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve neighbourhood of Montreal, where she lives, and police arrived early yesterday with a warrant accusing her of uttering threats to the Montreal police spokesperson Ian Lafrenière.
The photo in question depicts a hand-drawn image of Ian Lafrenière with a gunshot wound to the head flanked by the words “Ian Lafrenière” and “ACAB” — a popular graffiti acronym that stands for “all cop[per]s are bastards.”
According to what she told the Huffington Post, Pawluck was brought to the police station and detained for nearly four hours. The arrest warrant alleges that Pawluck acted with intent to harass Lafreniere and gave him reason to fear for his safety.
Last night, La Presse newspaper reported that a police spokesperson made the following statement: “What I can say is that a person has been arrested this morning in connection with threats on the internet. This person was met by investigators.”
Hyperallergic reached out to Pawluck via Facebook to ask about the incident. She indicated that she has not closed her Instagram account and was not asked to remove the controversial image. She also does not know who made the original street art work.
Asked if she will hesitate next time before taking a photo and sharing it on social media, Pawluck replied, “I don’t think so. I mean, art is art. I don’t have a evil mind when I posted a photo like this.”
Asked why she thinks the Montreal police targeted her, she replied, “I don’t think that, it’s just ridiculous. A ridiculous story about a photo on my Instagram.”
Her trial date is set for April 17, but until then Pawluck must not come within one kilometre (~1,000 yards) of police headquarters or Lafrenière’s home.
The incident is sure to cause concern for social media users across the continent. This incident comes on the heels of a report last week by DNAinfo that explained that the New York Police Department is using Facebook and Instagram photos to track criminals.